Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Ypsilanti

From wet and rainy Jersey City, Johnny wanted to take the time to wish all his pals in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor a wonderful Christmas and great New Year!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New (Old) Neil Young Record Recorded in Ann Arbor

Many of you probably already know that Neil Young spend a decent amount of time in Ann Arbor back in the hippie days. One imagines him toking it up and hanging around the Diag strumming his Martin or eating brown rice at the White Panther House on Hill Street.

Someone told me once that Neil actually wrote a song -- can't remember which one -- on the piano at Guild House, the campus ministry near Dominick's. Can anyone confirm or debunk this?

Anyhoo, Neil's latest release, "Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House," only strengthens the man's ties to Treetown, since it was recorded at that other campus ministry, which still exists (although in a new location).

John the Revelator hasn't heard it yet, but he has some other solo-acoustic bootlegs from this era of Young's career that are stunningly good. So odds are this one's no exception.

Anyone heard it yet? Meanwhile, here's some footage from just about the same era:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Late night open thread

Odds and ends edition...

If you're looking for Johnny in New Jersey, you can find him, naturally at the Jersey City Desk! There's nothing there yet but there will be. Apparently there is a city council guy out there who was at some cover band show in Washington DC, had too much to drink and took a wee on the people down below. Yeah, we'll be all over that. Going to see a cover band---heinous.

Go Eastern, beat Central on Friday. As long as I live I'll never forgive those CMU assholes for abstaining in their vote to kick us out of the MAC in the early 80's. They knew by abstaining the rest of the league had the votes to bounce us. Western voted to keep us. Every time EMU upsets the Chumpewas, a Huron gets his wings and we stick a finger in their goddamned eyehole.

Interns Zoltron and Kiki have decided to come on out to New Jersey with Johnny. The lure of the internet greasepaint was just too enticing.

Oh, and Donald Trump wants to buy the River Street property and build a casino on it.

May the road rise up to meet you Ypsilanti, at your permanent home on the corner of Elegant Street and Suave Boulevard in Cool City.

Take it away John the Revelator, they're all yours.

Seacrest out

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Borders says they are no longer for sale....

We are of two minds about this, first, great news. It mean Ann Arbor's independent bookstore is gonna make a go of today's ailing economy AS an independent, no doubt many employees are thrilled today. The other mind is that quite simply nobody would buy them when they were listing themselves for sale every week for the last few months. If they simply don't have the equity or products in warehouse and in store somebody would want to buy, how good of a go are they gonna make?. There is, of course the underlying problem that George Jones still runs the show and Mr. Jones hasn't exactly lit the fire under Borders to propel them to success or cut a viable deal.

We hope everyone there keeps their jobs and rides this out. Johnny has a lot of good friends at 100 Phoenix. I know there are some bright book business minds in there who truly love the field they are in. Trouble is they keep getting thwarted by the George Jones' in the company. Borders stock was trading under a dollar earlier this week for a short while, it wasn't the merch group or the buyers who did that, it was the higher ups.

Time for a change at the top at Borders we think...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Late night open thread

Listen up kids, wise words ahoy

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Giant Space Cat with laser beam eyes attacks a car at Geddes and Leforge

A woman, asking not to be named reported a GIANT SPACE CAT HEAD last night setting upon her Toyota Camry (go cat go) as she travelled just north of Ypsilanti. She said the cat hit her Camry (again, go cat go) several times with it's laser eyes making a hash out of her hood and front headlamps. The evil space Kitteh then followed her as far as the Huron View apartment complex at Green Rd before turning and heading down the river. Ypsilanti police had no comment to YCD this morning.

People, here it is yet again and it's becoming more dangerous. We MUST (well YOU must, Johnny's leaving) draw this cat into the Cross Street area near the Tower where it's secret deathray can be used on this cat head. The fate of our fair city rests in the balance. How many must die before we as a community act?


Monday, November 24, 2008

Late night open thread


Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Eastern Michigan fires Jeff Genyk as head coach

Friday vs Central Michigan will be Genyk's last game as coach said EMU athletic Director Dr. Derrick Gragg. According to the Detroit Free Press Gragg put out a press release saying:

"Earlier this morning, after consulting President Susan Martin, I informed coach Jeff Genyk of my decision to move our football program in another direction, at the conclusion of the season"

YCD can't say as we're surprised, this year was supposed to be different, a much better team was expected. The EMU football program never really progressed under Genyk, it kinda stayed mired in that same crappy place it was in when he got here. One thing we WILL say in Mr. Genyk's favor, he cleaned out the nere-do-wells from the EMU football program. Football players at EMU now attend classes and aren't the drunken brawlers of yore. For that he deserves credit, making citizenship while at EMU important.

The Free Press also reports former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will advise EMU in their search for a new head football coach. This should be OK as long as Eastern never schedules Ohio State.

Genyk had a 15-42 record at Eastern in five years with the Central tilt yet to come....

Ha ha ha, you all are gonna be stuck with a traffic roundabout at US-23 and Geddes

Johnny's gonna be gone but if I were you I'd raise some hell over the traffic roundabout the Michigan Department of Transportation is proposing for the bottleneck there. Johnny took the bus for four years, the number 3 route so he went through that stretch past Concordia College all the time. A roundabout isn't going to help that. You could solve the ENTIRE mess there by not letting people turn left off Geddes onto south US-23, make them to to Washtenaw or Plymouth Rd to grab it and problem solved.

A roundabout seems to be the super happy fix of MDOT anymore. Johnny has run solutions through his head there five days a week for four years. His is better.

More on this stupid idea here

Talk about domination; Ann Arbor Pioneer 'gurls' win their NINTH straight swimming championship

Pioneer High School won its ninth straight state title with 349.5 points at the Jones Natatorium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. NINE, that's incredible. Michigan bound Ashley Cohagen captured repeat titles in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

The level of high school swimming in this area is incredible as Ann Arbor Huron finished SECOND to the Pioneers.

Congrats Pioneer, job WELL done (again).

As for the Huron gurls, they also went to the state title game in field hockey but came up short.

Not bad, the local gals seem to dominate at sports, we're very proud of all of you.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Late night open thread

No Simpson's tonight? I'll kill Jack Bauer myself....

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Farewell dear Ypsi

Alas friends and neighbors, at some point Tuesday or Wednesday my part in this grand experiment known as The Ypsi City Desk will end. Johnny is off with Mrs Johnny (who has already blazed a trail on ahead) to Jersey City New Jersey. As of early Friday morning my wagon heads east.

I came to this town one damned cold December 1st 1982. I hitchhiked down from sleepy Ortonville to register for classes at EMU and loved what I found here and set up shop. I remember almost being out of second chances when I came here, I also vividly remember sitting right outside of Pierce Hall on a cement bench, in a tiny little sitting area to keep out of the wind and cold that was whistling around me at 4 and 5 and then 6 am. It always made me feel good knowing I could always see the blinking red light on Pierce Hall out my bedroom window, the same blinking red light that flashed over my head that cold December morning. At some point you stake your claim and try to make good your life's dreams and aspirations and I've quite happily made mine here, in Ypsilanti. To my fellow Ypsi residents, there may be times for whatever reason you say "I hate this stupid town" or "This place sucks", I understand that, we all feel that way about our towns at some point. Just understand the next time you do say it, there's somebody out there who misses this great community. Somebody misses the rubber duck race, misses walking in the old days to Bowen Field House to watch an EMU basketball game, who misses our great parades, who misses Haabs or Sidetrack or Golden Wall or La Fiesta Mexicana. There's somebody out there who will miss the air shows at Willow Run, and miss lazy spring and summer nights fishing (with NO license mind you) at his secret spot with his buddy Cool Money.

Ypsilanti, you have been very good to me, I can never ever repay that debt. You have all had such a wonderful impact. So when somebody puts Ypsi down because it's not Ann Arbor, do me a favor, get in their grill. If you're an Eastern Michigan University athlete playing on a team having a bad year and you think to yourself "Nobody cares" that's simply not true. A lot of us DO care. We do care about you and your team whether you win lose or draw. Just keep plugging away for us. If you're one who thinks our city's financial situation is hopeless and you should give up, keep going. That's the thing I've learned about Ypsilanti, doing things the hard way if need be, using elbow grease has always gotten us by. Ypsilanti faced huge challenges helping win WWII and we face them again. Keep going friends, work harder, there's not a bone in my body that doesn't think Ypsilanti will rise above the money troubles we have now. We will, we're Ypsilanti.

While I may be leaving, understand I'll check in from time to time, and like I mentioned, you'll be in very good hands with John the Revelator, he's a top flight writer. I'm sure he'll do things different but that's ok too, Ypsilanti's never been scared of a change.

So long, farewell and adios Ypsilanti, you'll never have a bigger fan out there than Johnny Action Space Punk...

Late night open thread

This year Michigan football fans found out what Eastern Michigan football fans have known for years. There's other stuff to do on Saturdays, most stores and restaurants are open too.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Saturday, November 22, 2008

"Attention Michigan football fans... did NOT just watch the team go 3-9 with horrible losses to Notre Dame, Michigan State and the Buckeyes. The Toledo loss never happened. We'd like to thank you for participating in our college football game simulator where games are played out in video game fashion but none of it really actually happened. It was all a simulation...."

Eastern Michigan football GAMEDAY

Eastern is in the City of Brotherly Love this afternoon for a 1pm kickoff with the Temple Owls. Eastern rolls into Philly with an awful 1-5 record in MAC play and just 2-8 overall. Temple, while playing in the god-awful MAC East Division sports a 2-4 record and 3-7 overall. These are not good teams.

That being said, EMU hopes to slow down Temple QB Adam DiMichele who has thrown for 12 TD's against only 4 INT's this season. His favorite receiver is senior Bruce Francis who EMU will have to account for. He has 9 touchdowns this season, very good numbers for a very poor team. Temple is a Jeckyll and Hyde team scoring points and looking great one week while scoring only 7 vs Army and 3 vs Western Michigan.

This is a winnable game for EMU.

IF Andy Schmitt plays well, and keeps the Temple offense off the field, and this will take some doing, Eastern can win. If head coach Jeff Genyk is serious about handing the ball off to Terrence Blevins over 20 times today and playing the short passing game matching up receivers on Temple's suspect linebacking corps, Eastern can win this game. If EMU can execute a ball control offense for 60 minutes and not panic if they get behind early, they can win this game.

Eastern has been close a few times this year with teams we feel are equal to them in talent. They've lost every one of those games. It HAS to change today. HAS to.

Our call?
Eastern Michigan 30
Temple 20

Friday, November 21, 2008

Late night open thread

Well we managed to do it, all the posts on page one are from the same day, Yay us!

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark


OK, Johnny why all the videos tonight? Why the massive amount of Friday night tunes? OK kids, pull up a chair.

This is Johnny's last Friday night running the videos (or anything for that matter) out of the palacial YCD offices. More details in our Sunday chat but Johnny is moving far far away from Ypsilanti next week. Sadly he's gotta follow fame and fortune out to the shadows of New York City (apparently they needed more bloggers). Now, luckily, for you all John the Revelator will be taking control of the day to day happenings here so you'll still have an Ypsi City Desk right here to keep you entertained and informed. More details on Sunday but that's why all the videos tonight. Johnny has loved bringing them to you over this past little while and looked forward to our Friday night concert series.

In honor of Johnny's old school, Eastern Michigan University, here is Steely Dan performing 'My Old School'.


Ok ok, so ten minute songs can be a bit long for some people. Johnny's not one of those it bothers. Especially when those ten minutes are spent with David Gilmour and Roger Waters. Johnny has always loved the album 'Animals'. A lot. Big fan. So without further ado here is Pink Floyd with the headphone-riffic song 'Sheep'.


Probably Johnny's faves as a band, yes The Clash, the only band that matters... The Clash launched countless garage bands after fans saw their concerts. If we're gonna empty the vaults on this special occasion, you better believe we're playing The Clash.

The Clash with 'Police on My Back'


Ah, the condensed fury of Pat Benatar. She could let it out a little bit at a time or unleash it all with that incredible voice. Absolutely one of Johnny's favorites and one of the first artists he respected for doing things her way. Here's Pat Benatar with the most excellent song 'Never Wanna Leave You'. See if this doesn't bring back some memories.


In keeping with Johnny's favorite things, the brilliant Neko Case with a song off of Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, 'Star Witness'

More super fun Friday with Natalie Portman

Ignore the HULU ads, enjoy the Natalie

Super fun Friday continues with a clip from The Great Race

If you're looking for something a little different to do tonight, may we suggest ghost hunting?

A small cemetery outside Jackson Michigan will be hopping tonight maybe even with ghostly spirits. Johnny has made this trip several times, once with our good friend TrixielovesYpsi:

From Prairie Ghosts:
At a time between dusk on November 21 and dawn on November 22, the ghosts of a father and daughter are said to reunite in this secluded cemetery outside of Jackson, Michigan. The two spirits were the victims of a heinous crime that took place many years ago.... a crime that remains unsolved to this day.

The strange series of events began on November 21, 1883 in the small community of Jackson. A horrible mass murder took place here, claiming seven victims and creating a mystery and a haunting. The victims were Jacob Crouch, his daughter Eunice White, who was in her ninth month of pregnancy, Eunice's husband. and a man named Moses Polley, who had been visiting the Crouch family from out of town. These four people (five, including the unborn child) were all shot to death while sleeping. The crime was carried out during a terrible thunderstorm that muffled the sounds of violence from nearby farms.

Two months later, on January 2, the naked body of Susan Halcomb, Jacob's surviving daughter, was found on the floor of her bedroom. She had been force-fed poison and had died. James Fay, who had worked as a farm hand for Jacob Crouch, was also found dead shortly after. What could these people have done, seen or heard that would have committed them to their horrible deaths? No one knows....

In the years that followed the murders, several men were brought to trial for the crimes but no one was ever convicted. What really happened has never been known, and never will be known, as all of the principals and investigators in the case have long since carried the tales to their graves.

Jacob Crouch was buried in a small cemetery at the corner of Horton and Reynolds Roads, a mile away from the site of the Crouch home. Eunice and her husband lie five miles away in St. John's Cemetery in Jackson. The two burial grounds are very different. Jacob's grave is neglected and forgotten while Eunice's lies in a well-cared for cemetery that is still in operation today. The legend began many years ago that on the anniversary of the murders, Eunice's spirit would leave her grave and travel to Reynolds Cemetery, where it would reunite with the ghost of her father.

Many claim to have witnessed this over the years, including two ghost researchers in 1989, who insist they saw an ectoplasmic cloud appear in the cemetery that night. The glowing mist floated through the cemetery until it reached Jacob's grave, where it suddenly vanished.

Should you be interested, we trust you can use Mapquest or Google maps to find this small and very creepy cemetery at the corner of Reynolds and Horton Rd. just west of Jackson. If you see Eunice Crouch tell her the Ypsi City Desk says hi.

Get ready for an off the wall super fun Friday!

Look, the news of the world is all bad. We here at the Ypsi City Desk think we need to make today a super FUN Friday so to that end we're gonna do what we can to give your Friday a little zazz....Plus don't forget to look for a SPECIAL edition of Friday night multimedia extravaganza tonight!

Let's get started with William Shatner utterly butchering Harry Chapin's classic song 'Taxi'.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Late night open thread

What's this? An extra video treat before bed? Wellllllll ok, but don't tell your mother.

The Rolling Stones in Sydney in 1973 with 'Bitch'

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Congratulations Susan Martin, inaugurated as NEW EMU President. Now sell that damned house

We wholeheartedly support your choice, and welcome you as official EMU President. The first female to hold that title at Eastern Michigan University. Congratulations!!

Now, sell Samuel Kirkpatrick's folly house, for the good of the University and the community goodwill it would render. It'll fetch something that could help offset student costs. No, it's not NEEDED, and in these tight economic times, every penny counts.

We'll find you a smaller, cozier, and less expensive (and some would say less tainted) place to live.

Say what Desmond? Michigan in title game in a mere 5 years if RichRod given a 'chance'?

Yep, former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard said head coach Rich Rodruguez would land his Wolverines in the national championship game if he was given 'time'.

What time do you think RichRod has Desmond? You think fans will stick with him past next year if the team is 5-7? What if by year 4 he's 8-4? That's a pretty tall order of wishful thinking if you ask us. We think you were feeling hurt by Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Spielman's comments the other day.

We're also going to need to see better players here, ones who don't leave willy nilly and guys who can handle running and executing the spread offense. 5 years? In our opinion RichRod won't be here for year 4....

The City of Ypsilanti got a 90K grant for fire station upgrades

Happy days as this 90K federal grant will allow the fire department in Cool City to upgrade the facility and use it as a command center should a terrible event befall us here. The grant is made by the Department of Homeland Security and does require a 10K match from the city of Ypsilanti which won't be a problem.

It's good to know we have a fine command center in case of a dire emergency. As fire chief Jon Ichsco told the A2 News "...we will have a building that can serve the community in even the worst of situations".

Sounds like a good deal to us.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Late night open thread

Happy birthday to Johnny's favorite actress, and the best of her generation, Jodie Foster. Jodie was born in 1962.

Here's a clip of her brilliant performance in Taxi Driver

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

OK hippies, dreamers, nere-do-wells and ruffians, some Adam-12 law and order

That's right, officers Reed and Malloy ON THE JOB keeping Los Angeles safe from beautiful women everywhere...

Rob Schneider is the latest star to begin filming a movie locally

SNL alum Rob Schneider is filming parts of a movie in Ann Arbor called "The Virgin on Bourbon Street" (we here at YCD are just tickled the producers would pick Ann Arbor for a knock off of New Orleans). Filming began at the Ingalls Mall yesterday. Filming is also being down elsewhere in Southeast Michigan but we don't care about THOSE parts, those'll be the worst in the whole entire movie. We just care about the Ann Arbor shots which should continue for a couple more days.

More on this developing celebrity situation HERE in the A2 News

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Late night open thread

Boy howdy, a tough loss tonight for EMU men's hoops. Antonio Green missed a jumper that would have been the winning shot with 1 second left, and Eastern fell to Georgia 61-60 in West Dumpayette Indiana at the Dicks Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. Full marks for effort after losing Carlos Medlock for the season. Eastern is now 1-2.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Hey, guess who's 80 today? Mortimer Mouse

Well Mortimer was ALMOST Mickey's name in the beginning. Here's Mickey's debut in Steamboat Willie and the AP article on the birth of America's best known rodent.

This was also the first cartoon with sound ever...

(AP)-He turns 80 this year, but you'd never know it by looking at him. Mickey Mouse is still as sprightly as ever, with not even a laugh line to show his age. Mickey's come a long way since his turn as a deckhand in "Steamboat Willie" on this day in 1928.

Back then, the Disney studio's hopes were pegged to the mischievous rodent. They hoped he would bring the company success after the rights to Walt Disney's first successful character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, were sold to another studio by its distributors.

Walt sketched a mouse -- who looked an awful lot like his predecessor, Oswald -- and his wife, Lilly, christened the mouse Mickey. (Without Lilly's quick thinking, we'd be celebrating the 80th birthday of Mortimer Mouse.)

Mickey was a hit, and soon he had a band of buddies with whom he got into all kinds of scrapes and messes. (He never officially married Minnie Mouse, but they're still the world's most famous animated couple.)

According to Disney, more than 1 million children joined the original Mickey Mouse Club between 1929 and 1932. And his fans ranged from American children to famous names like Mary Pickford, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Benito Mussolini, the Nizam of Hyderabad and King George V of England.

As animation techniques grew more sophisticated, Mickey's appearance changed a bit -- he gained some weight around the middle, donned a pair of white gloves and grew more angular. But his personality never changed from the friendly mouse that Walt Disney created in the 1920s.

Today, Mickey has become the international symbol of the Disney empire -- the three-circle silhouette of his head is one of the most recognized corporate symbols in the world. And his image -- with the famous two-button pants, the big yellow shoes -- has graced every kind of merchandise imaginable, from T-shirts to telephones.

Clearly the world's most beloved animated character, Mickey continues toward the century mark just as he began his life 80 years ago -- full steam ahead.

Anyone here remember November 11, 1918 in Ypsilanti?

Then it's a good thing records were kept. The Ann Arbor News had a really cool look back at the end of World War 1 celebration in Ypsilanti with newspaper accounts of the day by Daily Ypsilanti Press.

It's a good read.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Late night open thread

College basketball scoreboard show

EMU 58
#10 Purdue 87
(EMU is 1-1)

Lehigh 76
Delaware St. 58

Quinnipiac 66
Army 64

And tonight's YCD feature game:
North Carolina-Wilmington 107
Troy 95
Chad Tomko crushed Troy with 33 points

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

According to the National Motorists Association, Ann Arbor ranks #6 nationally in speed traps

Detroit and the 'burbs are #1, Tree City is #6 nationally. Is anyone surprised? From the Detroit News:

The National Motorists Association says Metro Detroit had the most speed traps in the United States in 2007, based on field studies and the number of complaints the Wisconsin-based organization gets. Ann Arbor also finished in the top 10:
1. Detroit suburbs
2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
3. Houston
4. Orlando, Fla.
5. Nashville, Tenn.
6. Ann Arbor
7. Albuquerque, N.M.
8. Washington, D.C.
9. Denver
10. Virginia Beach, Va.
Source: National Motorists Association

OK hepcats, the Ypsi City Desk has the new unreleased Beatles song NOW for you

Who woulda thunk a small potatoes blog could not only track it down but get it to you before it was released?!?!

Check it out HERE

Monday morning open thread

Johnny has nothing to rant about and no real news to hip you to. Whadda YOU got for us? Slander away.....

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Late night open thread

Oddly enough department: The NFL, in the entire history of the league had never before had a game end 11-10 until today when Pittsburgh beat San Diego by that very score. Over 12,000 games and never before until today.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

The snow this morning certainly was a nice surprise wasn't it?

C'mon, who wants to say it was a nice surprise...

Late night open thread

"Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are"

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Obama administration adds a new member, Valerie Jarrett, U-M Law School grad

OK, so fall in Ann Arbor normally has everything to do with football but we here at YCD think we can cheer up the U-M community by pointing out that President-elect Barack Obama's newly named Senior White House Advisor is a former University of Michigan Law School grad. Valerie Jarrett is a 1981 grad.

Her position will be to consult with the president and act as a go-between with state and local elected officials and public interest groups. Another U-M Law School grad, Ann Coulter did not get asked by the Obama Administration to do anything but shut her pie hole.

We're about to find out how many die-hard Michigan football fans there are

If you show up today, on this utterly miserable rainy, 40 degree and dropping, north winds at 20 mph, in a nightmare season against a non rival foe, you ARE a die-hard Michigan fan. If you don't make it (unless you are on your deathbed, or moving away, or out of town, or at your kids soccer game), die-hard status DENIED. These are the types of games that define a die-hard fan.

Oh and since it's now at 40 degrees or below, the no hard liquor in the stadium rule has been waived.

Go Blue

Likewise if you're a crafter and you're not at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair today, you're just dabbling.

Late night open thread

If you're going to the Michigan game tomorrow wear your woolies, it's fixing to snow...

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Friday, November 14, 2008


Another election inspired choice tonight. It sounds a little different this time.

'Pink Houses'


Madge is coming to town ya know. Good seats still available we hear. Is it the economy or the prices or the fact she always seems to insult her home team? Johnny loves him some Madonna dance and house music and trance remixes of her songs though. Here's Madonna with 'Hung Up'.


From her new release Detours, here is an election inspired tune tonight. A sing around the campfire type anthem about peace symbolized by something we have all done at some point..

Sheryl Crow with 'Out of Our Heads'

An update on yesterday's Espresso Royale Cafe 'get-it-yourself' rant

It is confirmed, Johnny spoke with someone there this morning. They are going to a do-it-yourself style of coffee sales. LAME. I mean Johnny still pays the same amount as he did before but now does all the work. The principle of that is very annoying. So, it's over to Starbucks Monday morning AND Johnny is gonna pick up a bag of coffee for this weekend's home enjoyment NOT from ERC like he has been for some time, no he'll be getting it from Starbucks on his way home today. Good luck with your new business plan ERC, just realize it won't involve Johnny and his 13 bucks a week previously spent at your place.

If you are a deer who enjoys reading the Ypsi City Desk, we have some advice

Stay out of internet cafes tomorrow morning and for the next two weeks....This has been a deer public service announcement....

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Late night open thread

The big Lehigh vs Bucknell football game is this Saturday at 12:30 live from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Since Eastern is enjoying a bye week YCD figured you might wanna get tickets for this Patriot League clash now.

Go Lehigh

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Sadly, it looks like Espresso Royale Cafe on Main St is going SELF SERVE

Sure they do it that way at others but it doesn't make it right. Johnny goes into ERC this morning for his usual coffee and the nice gal behind the counter simply handed him a cup and pointed to where the coffee machines were. Excuse me? Is it THAT big an inconvenience to pour the coffee and hand it over? Does it save THAT much time? Know who else does this kinda thing? McDonalds. Here's your cup, go get your own drink. Wait, even McDonalds will pour your coffee for you. It's true.

Is ERC saving money on this long tedious coffee pouring tradition? If you're just gonna hand Johnny a cup and tell him to get it himself why not drop the price? Johnny also hates to think what this'll do to their tips jar. Seriously, why tip when you're getting it yourself?

We hope ERC on Main St. stops this coffee madness right now. Johnny knows Starbucks, 20 steps the other way will pour his coffee and hand it to him like he likes. Just sayin'......

Michigan hoops wins again, this time 76-56 over Northeastern

Manny Harris had 26 points 10 rebounds and 8 assists and DeShawn Sims added 19 points as Michigan advances to the third round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic supporting Coaches vs. Cancer tournament. Michigan improves to 2-0 on the young season. They will play #4 ranked UCLA next at Madison Square Garden.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Late night open thread

Brak, Space Ghost and Zorak do the honors tonight...

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

More Bad News at the The A2 News

The Ann Arbor News continues to lose employees thanks to the overall downturn in the state of daily print journalism.

The latest blow came today when copy editors, designers and other support staff got the news that they could either:

  • Accept a buyout that will amount to something like two weeks' pay for every year of employment (for those with over five year's services;) or
  • Move to offices in Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids, where those tasks will be consolidated for among the News' seven sibling papers.
We heard about this earlier today and were going to try to pull together the details after our day-job duties. Fortunately, the excellent Ann Arbor Chronicle did the reporting for us.

We have a lot of good friends at the News. Hang in there, folks. You deserve better.

Here's a real pressing issue of our times--At Thanksgiving dinner do you want jellied cranberry via the can or real cranberries?

Johnny votes the real thing. He loves the real cranberries that some find too tart. Your palate, your call....

Michigan 77, Michigan Tech 55

Michigan starts the 2008-09 hoops season with a commanding 22 point win vs. the powers that be from Houghton. Manny Harris had a career high 30 points as the Wolverines cruised over Tech in a first round game of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic supporting Coaches vs. Cancer tournament. Michigan plays Northeastern tonight. No, not Northwestern, a traditional Michigan foe, Northeastern.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Late night open thread

Once again we go with the bedtime theme 'Look at the mentally challenged people who live elsewhere. We'd NEVER do anything that stupid. They must have manure for their brains'.

A man who tried to steal an ATM with a backhoe was arrested when he asked police officers who were chasing him for help after he jumped into the Kansas River, police said.

Police said the man, in his 50s, used the backhoe to break into a convenience store in Kansas City, Kan., then tried to drive away with the Automated Teller Machine. As the man tried to flee, the machine and 12 packs of soda fell from the backhoe, police said.

Police followed the man as he took the backhoe through a wooded area before fleeing on foot.

After jumping into the Kansas River, the man swam out about 15 feet from shore, then called for help, saying he was drowning, the police department said.

Two officers jumped into the river, rescued him and arrested him, police said

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

BusinessWeek magazine names Ann Arbor one of the best places to raise a kid in 2009

That's right, The People's Republic of Ann Arbor made the list with a couple of interesting sidenotes; The article mentioned A2's close proximity to Ypsilanti and the "brilliant nightlife and music hangouts and spate of recent celebrity sightings there", and Ypsilanti's generous nature towards Ann Arbor "even though this generosity appears to be a one way street". The article also mentioned, and this is important for kids growing up, the seven golf courses within Tree City. Because kids are nothing in life if not exposed to golf.

Royal Oak came in second. Probably because they are not near Ypsilanti...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Late night open thread

A few good minutes with one of Johnny's favorite comedians, Mr. Bob Newhart.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

You don't need to be a hippie to see Joan Baez at the Michigan Theater tonight

You just need $26 bucks. Just a reminder Joan is touring behind her new release "Day After Tomorrow" and the show is at 7:30 pm. If you want to get close enough to stage to scare poor Ms Baez, those tickets will set you back $50 bucks.

Do you have a vision for Ypsilanti? These meetings are for you

The City of Ypsilanti will be hosting a series of meetings to include folks like you who want to share your vision of where Ypsilanti goes from here and how they can leverage the assets available to all of us. If you're a thinker and a doer, drop by...

Ypsilanti goal-setting meetings
• Tonight: Presentation by Dan Gilmartin, chief executive of the Michigan Municipal League, to discuss changes facing local governments. 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 1 S. Huron St.
• Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Haab Medical Building, 111 N. Huron St.
• Monday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Haab Medical Building.
• Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m. at the Haab Medical Building.

Black ice warning out there this morning kids

DO be careful, many reports of black ice on the roadways this morning.....

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Late night open thread

Did you know then--Coca Cola was originally green in color...

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

YCD Action Weather Team confirms "Yep, that's snow"

There you have it, weather reporter and intern Kiki tells us from outside the Ypsi City Desk newsroom, Cool City has become Cold City as snow is now confirmed.

Weather reporter Kiki has it easy compared to some action news weather stiffs

Dreary EMU basketball news on a dreary Sunday

Pre-season all MAC point guard Carlos Medlock has a broken foot and it will cost him, and us, the entire season. Carlos averaged 14.8 points and 4.1 assists per game for EMU.

Eastern will attempt to get a medical hardship which would allow him to play next year as his senior season.

Ouch, this sucks...

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Late night open thread

Eastern didn't lose this week and they won't lose next week either. They're off for two weeks until they play at Temple November 22nd. EMU football withdrawls are hellish...

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Johnny's alright, if anybody cares

You remember John Candy driving his car into garbage cans in the movie Splash and getting out yelling "I'm alright....if anybody cares".

Well Johnny put the Empire State Building in his rearview mirror about 7:30 am (really, driving out on the 1&9 Pulaski Skyway you can watch it disappear but don't stare or nuthin, you'll wreck) and rolled into Ypsilanti around 5:15 pm. Just a note to you silly New Jersey State troopers trying to stop Johnny from getting away into Pennsylvania--THREE? You sent only THREE cars to stop him? It's take more than three New Jersey State troopers to lock him up, even if you did, no jail can hold him. It was hilarious to watch them have to stop right at the state line as Johnny's Vibe streaked across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania, sssssssuckers.

Johnny actually did a little hand jive curse as he passed the Bellefonte exit, the way one gets to Penn State University in State College. Then, they lost to Iowa. That had to be the reason. Johnny PWNED the Nittany Lions.

So, what happened around here? The interns are gone and John the Revelator is drinking out of a paper bag so you all are gonna have to fill Johnny in...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Rock 'n' Roll Art

So ... thanks to Stella (see comments under the previous post,) we know that the answer to the trivia question buried in yesterday's post is: Dan Mulholland, local bon vivant, fashion plate and frontman extraordinaire for legendary Ann Arbor bands, including The Urbations, The Watusis, etc.

But here's something more. Dan's a really gifted collage artist and he currently has 20 or so of his pieces on display -- and for sale -- at the Ugly Mug coffee shop at the corner of Cross and Hamilton Streets.

Dan's work collides hot-rod culture, rock 'n' roll and Art Deco design into intriguing pieces that we think are pretty cool. Cool enough, anyways, that we have several hanging in our home.

Stop by and check it out and have a cup of the Ugly Mug's fine, roasted-on-site coffee.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Nathaniel Mayer, R.I.P.

Soul music in Michigan lost one of its pioneers this week, when Nathaniel Mayer died following a series of recent strokes. "Naydog" was 64 and just about the finest entertainer I’ve ever known.

Mayer was just a teenager in 1962, when he and his band, the Fabulous Twilights, hit the Top 40 with his timeless “Village Of Love,” a tune that still pops up on oldies radio, even if its singer and his importance on the Detroit soul-music landscape is lost on most of the squares who tune in.

He had a couple of regional hits with “Love and Affection (Not the House of Correction)” and “I Had a Dream,” but thanks to poor distribution, his national hits dried up after “Village of Love.”

But what a tune.

In recent years, Mayer had seen something of a rebirth. He hooked up with younger Detroit garage-soul aces The Shanks and even waxed a killer LP for Fat Possum Records. A second record, “Why Don’t You Give it To Me,” with Outrageous Cherry’s Matt Smith and other came out last year on Alive records.

All that ended with his death over the weekend. Gone is that killer smile, those twinkling, mischievous eyes and one of the greatest, raspiest, most-emotive voices in soul music. Another voice of Detroit’s cultural heritage has been silenced.

From a personal perspective, I can say that I was fortunate enough to know Naydog a little. He played a couple of absolutely killer shows at my record store some years back and I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to knock back a couple of beers with someone I consider to be a true hero.

Here’s Nate performing “I Had a Dream” with the Shanks. (For all you trainspotters out there, extra points to the first who can name the Ann Arbor legend singing backup vocals and banging the tambourine.)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ypsilanti After Dark

Here's Bruce Springsteen singing "Used Cars" last month during the Obama rally at EMU's Oestrike Stadium. Betcha The Boss was nursing a decent-sized tequila hangover this morning. Good for him.

'Nuff Said

Sorry ...

... for the blogging silence these past few days. Johnny's out of town and John the Revelator's done been under the weather with a bad case of the creeping crud. Least that's what the doctor said it was.

So you're sick for a couple of days and you reemerge to discover that everything's different. There's the promise of real, meaningful stem-cell research in your state, not to mention a new provision for medical marijuana. And there's this new thing sweeping the country called "Hope."

Dig it! Now, as our president elect reminded us, let's all do everything we can to make sure that there's more than just rhetoric to this historic moment.

No big surprises in the local races, as the city of Ypsilanti's and Ypsilanti Township's races were pretty much decided at at the primary level in August. Nonetheless, congratulations to Pete Murdock on his return to City Council to and to Charlie Pope, who has waited patiently to step up to the bench at 14B District Court.

(Likewise, a big thanks and fare-the-well to outgoing 14B District Judge John B. Collins -- a great man, who was a true friend and mentor to a certain young journalist getting his first taste of covering the courts back in the early 1990s. Thanks for everything, John. Here's to lots of great fishing in your retirement!)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Late night open thread

Well friends, Johnny's off to the New York City environs this week, and you're in most capable hands with John the Revelator. He'll take good care of you. If Mt. Ypsilanti erupts for the first time since 1708, he'll mention it. Johnny will be making the ten hour drive out early tomorrow morning so everyone have the courtesy to not be on US-23 around 7 am tomorrow morning heading down to catch the 80-90 in Maumee, Ohio. Johnny thanks you in advance.

You all have a good week, make sure you vote. We said we wouldn't endorse people here (John the Revelator is free to, he's a co-writer) as many are our neighbors and we try hard to play things up the middle for the most part but Johnny WILL go on record as supporting, and hoping you will too, proposals 1 & 2. Medical marijuana offers a great benefit to some, some of our less fortunate citizens who would find a great benefit from it. People who qualify for it really do need it. Walk a mile in their shoes before you vote no. Stem cell research to Johnny is a no brainer. It too offers help to those with definite needs. Hope, that's a very powerful word to a paralyzed person. It might not help them but it might help someone after them. Alzheimer's doesn't just affect Republicans of Democrats, it affects human beings. It wrecks families. There is no moral high ground in being against it, sorry, there's simply not. There is great benefit to humanity in seeking cures from something that was ready to be thrown out anyway. Michigan has some of the greatest scientific minds around, let's put them to work.

Good luck to all you local candidates. Pick up your signs when you're done and we thank you in advance.

See ya next weekend.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Eastern Michigan football GAMEDAY!!

Well the slip sliding down the standings EMU gridiron club travels down I-94 to Kalamazoo for a 2 pm kickoff with the Sissy Broncos of Western Michigan. Now, as grim as things look this season for Eastern, they have had success against Western and Central lately. In fact last year EMU clubbed Western 19-2 at Rynearson. That being said, Western is in the MAC West title race and are undefeated at home. One must also figure a revenge factor weighs on the Bronco's minds. The points per game vs points allowed per game are almost flip flopped between the teams with Western having the side of the ledger you'd WANT to have.

If EMU can keep this game close, and history says they can, the Broncos may just seize up and think back to last year and watch their MAC title hopes die inside the confines of Waldo Stadium.

Our call?

WMU Sissy Broncos 31
Eastern Michigan 20

Come on EMU, win your last three games and you can salvage something from this season. Over, did you say over??

Friday, October 31, 2008

Late night open thread

We'll get to the videos another time, there was so much free Halloween entertainment we didn't wanna go overboard today...

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Not only is it Halloween ...

... but it's also the 82nd anniversary of Harry Houdini's death in Detroit. Here's some footage that I never knew existed of Houdini's funeral in New York City. Keep in mind that Houdini was arguably the most-popular performer in the world at the time, hence the massive crowd that turned out to see his coffin -- perhaps the one enclosure from which he couldn't escape.

Here's a ghostly piece Johnny previously wrote for another website

Sadly, Michigan is Amazing is no longer around, but Johnny kept some of the stories he wrote, this group of Michigan haunts being one of them...

Michigan is amazing, some say it's also very haunted, so on this Halloween, lets take a look at six Michigan ghostly legends and let you make up your own mind. Perhaps one of these haunted stories is close enough to where you live to see for yourself.

Dateline: Westland, MI.
Butler Cemetery
OK, it's not REALLY called Butler Cemetery but that's where the legend comes from. In truth it's William Ganong Cemetery and it's located along Henry Ruff Road between Annapolis and Van Born Roads. The cemetery itself is neglected and overgrown in many places. Years of wear and some vandalism have taken their toll. Yet this remains to be one of Michigan's most haunted cemeteries. Drivers have seen a woman dressed in white walking along the road and some have swerved to avoid her. Other sightings from the road place her in the cemetery proper. Others have reported seeing a male apparition in some kind of uniform. Research shows an inordinate amount of car accidents right near William Ganong Cemetery. Are these accidents the result of trying to avoid hitting apparitions in the road or is there a more scientific reason?

Dateline: Forester, MI
Just north of Port Sanilac, on the eastern Michigan coast, lies the small community of Forester. It's not the town that's haunted, nor is it a cemetery or house, its the shoreline there.
The ghost of Minnie Quay is a sad and eerie tale of a young woman waiting for her man to return from a ship he was on sailing the Great Lakes. Minnie's parents greatly disapproved of her romance with the young sailor as did the townspeople. In the spring of 1876, word reached Minnie Quay that the ship that the young man had been working on had gone down in a storm. A few days later, Minnie committed suicide by diving off the town pier into Lake Huron. The ghost of Minnie Quay is said to walk along the shoreline near Forester crying mournfully. Several young women claim to have seen Minnie's ghost call them into the lake to join her, legend even says one girl did. The old Quay House stands across the street from the Forester Inn should you want to see if Minnie is walking her shoreline yet today.

Dateline: Marquette, MI
Hotels will advertise all kinds of amenities in trying to get you to stay. Cable TV, internet hook up, PlayStation games and the like but they never seem to advertise guests who never check out. Such is the case of the Landmark Inn in downtown Marquette. In a story similar to that of Minnie Quay, the Landmark has a librarian who used to look out over Lake Superior awaiting her true loves return, which of course never came. The librarian is said to haunt the Lilac Room overlooking the big lake. Male guests have reported keys not working, calls to rooms in the middle of the night, while the front desk is said to get phone calls from the Lilac Room when nobody is there. However by far the most famous of spirits is that of Amelia Earhart who stayed at the Landmark Inn in 1932, room 502. Some have reported seeing her ghost there as well.

Another rumor is a ghost in room 304 Halverson Hall at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. A student who hung himself as the story goes. Interesting this one and imagine this writers amazement since in the fall of 1981 he himself lived in room 304 Halverson Hall. I never heard or saw anything ghostly nor undead other than my own grades.

Dateline: Grayling, MI
Along Cemetery Road in Grayling lies the ruins of a very old cemetery from a town that no longer exists. The Pere Cheney Cemetery is said to be haunted by many many spirits. People report troubles with electrical devices such as cars and car radios. Radio stations that simply switch, or the radio just cuts out while on. People have also reported childish laughter from disembodied voices. The Pere Cheney Cemetery is also said to have it's share of apparitions after dark. A full plate of hauntings from a hard to find, almost devoid cemetery.

Dateline: Ypsilanti, MI
Libraries make excellent places for a ghost to make a home. Quiet, and not a lot of commotion. Such is the case with the Ypsilanti Ladies' Library located at the corner of Washington and Emmet streets. The Library was built and lived in by the Starkweather family. It was willed to the city by owner Marryanne Starkweather upon her death. Someone forgot to tell Marryanne she doesn't live there anymore. People have seen her apparition on the upper floor drifting down hallways. She is also heard walking around late at night by workers who know nobody else is in the building. Some have reported unexplained cold spots in upstairs rooms. Marryanne may have willed the house to Ypsilanti but she just didn't tell anyone she came with the deed.

Dateline: Nunica, MI
Just off of I-96, in the small hamlet of Nunica, there is a cemetery that ranks among the most haunted in Michigan. This cemetery, located off of M-104 (luckily there is a BIG sign) just east of Spring Lake Road, is home to just about any ghostly activity you can imagine. Rope that appears from nowhere, dark figures behind tombs, orbs, detached voices and apparitions actually seen by real ghost investigators. This place is the real deal for ghost buffs. One ghost in fact has his own name, "Mr. Bond". Mr. Bond supposedly got his name from actual communications with him. Apparently there is a shed on the premises where a lot of the supernatural activity manifests itself. A favorite haunt of paranormal researchers, perhaps the Nunica Cemetery is a gift that keeps giving, if you consider frights as gifts, all the year round.

And in Sports Today ...

Welcome to Philadelphia, where post-Series revelry looks like this:

How about a local ghost story--from the Dixboro General Store

The Ann Arbor News fills you in on the ghostly happenings....

More Halloween Scariness

This time courtesy Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Take it away, Jay:

Yet another Halloween TREAT today at YCD, all-around creepy guy Christopher Walken reads Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven'

A classic

We kick off Halloween 2008 with everybody's favorite Dallas psychobilly rock band, The Flametrick Subs!

Singing about drinkin', which we heartily endorse here at the Ypsi City Desk. Now there are a couple rough language type words here so headphones are advised...Don't forget to go back to last year's Halloween Flametrick Subs video of the classic 'Creepy Dead Folk' with Satan's Cheerleaders

Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Late night open thread

Halloween tomorrow, we'll have fun with it here at YCD. Let's get an early jump shall we?

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

YCD's chump of the day OR how not to sell a car to Johnny

Hang on kids, here we go....

So Johnny has been in the market for a new whip lately. After much research he chose a Pontiac Vibe GT. He then began sending out email inquiries to several local Pontiac dealership internet sales managers telling them his option requirements and talking price. He began the process of whittling down who he'd buy from on price and options available and who had the car he wanted. Alan Johnson (and remember that name kids) at Randy Wise in Milan had the best price on the GT and Mr. Johnson MADE AN APPOINTMENT to sell the car to Johnny yesterday afternoon. Johnny drove down to Milan fully expecting to be driving home in something different. As Lee Corso says on ESPN, "Not so fast my friend"

Johnny walks into the showroom, has Alan Johnson paged, he comes out, and Johnny excitedly says "Let's take a look at the car!"

Alan Johnson: "Oh, it's not here"

Johnny: "What?"

Alan Johnson: "It's not here, I''ll have to call someone to get one here"

Johnny: "You're kidding"

Alan Johnson "No, I'll have to locate one for you"

What a weasel. What an unprofessional weasel car salesman. When Johnny makes an appointment to buy a car he expects said car will be on the lot. Alan Johnson had two days lead to get it there. Car deals can fall apart for a lot of reason, financing mainly. But to have the Randy Wise sales manager, ALAN JOHNSON make an appointment to sell a car and not have it there is completely unacceptable. Alan kept going on how "There's no bad intent here". Maybe not Alan, perhaps it's just incompetence. He said he could TRY to locate one, in fact he knew of one that was out on an overnight test drive (just not from HIS dealership derrrrr). I told him I didn't want THAT one, it'd be USED to me. He also could not give a date that car would be available. Alan hemmed and hawed about trying to locate a car, made a few fruitless phone calls, but by then the trust was broken and Johnny drove home mad as hell.

So if you are in the market for a new car, feel free to take this tale as a warning if you find yourself thinking about Randy Wise in Milan and a gentleman named Alan Johnson.

Oh and by the way Alan, the base Vibe model does NOT come with a 1.4 L engine, it's 1.8 L, you should know that going forward. You made mention twice of the 1.4 L. engine compared to the 2.4 L on the AWD and GT Vibe, just sayin'...

Hey rock and rollers, The Killers are coming to EMU

No, the actual band The Killers. We know you probably had a dozen jokes ready at that headlines but it's true, The Killers will be performing Thursday January 22, 2009, (two short days after President Obama is sworn in LOL) at Eastern Michigan's Athletic and Convocation Center. Tickets go on sale at 'how is this even legal' Ticketmusty outlets, tomorrow, Halloween. No prices are listed, we checked...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Late night open thread

State trivia night.....

Which state does the famed Route 66 NOT go through?

A) Texas
B) Kansas
C) Oklahoma
D) Nevada

Answer HERE

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Note to crooks, what kind of haul did you expect from the Dollar Store?

A robber who said he had a gun held up the Family Dollar Store 2840 Washtenaw last night. The crook took the money and ran west.

Mr. Criminal, we're laughing your take wasn't larger but what did your pea-brain think when you settled on the Dollar Store? Was White Castle too tough? Was LaundryLand closed? No arcades around to rob?

Good Grief......

If you'd like to take a look at the ballot you'll be using next Tuesday, have a gander

The link to the Washtenaw County ballot can be found HERE and it is in PDF format so open it however you view PDF files. It'll give you a chance to see how the ballot is laid out and where the races fall on the ballot. It'll also hopefully help you familiarize yourself with it and not get confused in the voting booth...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Late night open thread

If you have never seen the brilliant film 'Drop Dead Gorgeous', put it in your Netflix queue. It's a mockumentary of the highest order with a bright, sassy, spot on ensemble cast. It follows the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Teen America Beauty Pageant in Mount Rose Minnesota. Chock full o' great young actresses and the one time Kirstie Alley made Johnny laugh, often. Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney, Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Amy Adams, Mindy Sterling, and Brittany Murphy are all damned funny.

(one bad word if you're at work or the spawn are around)

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

The Ann Arbor News editorial board sure comes off as chickesh*t

NO endorsement for President? They endorsed George W. Bush twice so they're willing to endorse a seriously flawed candidate/president but they won't endorse McCain or Obama? WTF? Sounds like they we told by the Editor in Chief they were NOT to endorse Obama. Anybody think they showed INDEPENDENT thinking here? Anybody think the Editor in Chief has 'em by the ahem, short hairs? 

What a weasely way out. 

Sweet Home Ypsilanti

Our friend Charlie made a couple of big mistakes yesterday. First, he confessed to a fantasy of singing in a classic-rock cover band, which was bad enough. Then, he imagined a scenario in which the band would perform a version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” only it would be reinvented as an homage to our favorite city.

That’s when I made my mistake by taking up the challenge and offering the following verse to Sweet Home Ypsilanti:

    “Now the Elbow Room has got the hipsters
    And they can drink a Pabst or two
    Man, that indie rock is so loud
    Ain’t Cross Street Station but it’ll do
    ‘Til half past 2”

Okay, now it’s your turn. Extra credit for anything that includes references to the water tower, the EMU Hurons, the Chick Inn or the cow on top of the Carry Dairy.

Ready? Go.

You remember Frederick McKaney don't you? The man who was arrested for assault with a deadly chicken?

If you are a regular Ypsi City Desk reader, you may recall Frederick's McKaney's assault first with a fork, and later on his mother's neighbor, with frozen chicken. Well friends, the frozen chickens have come home to roost. He has been charged with one count of felonious assault. 

According to the Ann Arbor News, McKaney will be sentenced for it December 11th. He'll face four years in prison and a $2,000 fine. 

Monday, October 27, 2008

Late night open thread

The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means, "the king is dead"

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

BREAKING NEWS: Is Tonight the Last Night for TC's Speakeasy?

No confirmation yet, but word on the street tonight is that it's the last night for TC's Speakeasy.

Don't know the details and don't know for sure that it's even true -- although our information comes from a very good source -- and we don't want to spread any rumours that turn out to be untrue. Okay ... I suppose you could make the case that that's exactly what we're doing right now. Fair enough. But until we know more we don't want to add to any innuendo that's already circulating on the street.

Suffice it to say that, if true, this is a shame for the local live music community. After years of being on the decline, TC's has recently undergone a renaissance of sorts, booking great, multi-act bills -- and actually paying musicians for their efforts -- and looking better than ever thanks to some cosmetic improvements.

(And don't tell the Sidetrack, but TC's serves - served? - the best damn cheeseburger in Washtenaw County! I know; I've tried them all ... )

The bulk of the credit for all these improvements goes to manager Christine, who clearly has had the big picture in her sights. If the rumors are true, all this is happening in spite of her hard work and vision.

So is it true? Is this the end of the road for TC's as we've known it? Time will tell. Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted as we hear more. And if you know something, please let us know.

Meanwhile, here are the Ragbirds, filmed live at TC's Speakeasy:

Sure, We Love to Poke Fun at Ann Arbor ... But This Is Too Cool Not To Share

One of the things that's always frustrated me about Ypsilanti is that it tends to see itself more in terms of how it relates to Ann Arbor than how it stands as its own, proud city. Honestly, is there another town that suffers as much of an inferiority complex as Ypsi does vis-a-vis it's big brother to the west?

Wait ... what was my point? It doesn't matter.

Wystan Stevens is Ann Arbor's unofficial historian and is a wealth of knowledge about anything and everything having to do with Washtenaw County's past. Check out his Flickr photos, which, if nothing else, show that student binge drinking has changed little over the past century or so.

A Shelby Township man was dressed up as a policeman a few days early. The problem is, so was his car...

OK, truck. It appears a Shelby Township feller was following his pal with lights and sirens flashing on his non-police vehicle, and pulled over to chide an unmarked Ann Arbor police car with REAL policemen in it for almost running into his friend. The undercover police said they were going to pull over his friend for blowing the light at Packard and Arch at 2:40am anyway. Police said the man swore when he realized he had pulled over real cops. Anybody wanna guess which two swear words that fit here he used? (Johnny's guessing the F one said real slowly)

Mr. Faux Cop was arrested (maybe so he could get to know how it feels to really slap the cuffs on someone) and will be appearing in court at a later date. We hope he'll be driving another car, without police amenities on it.

Here is the ONLY thread you'll get to promote YOUR candidate

So slander away! Tell us who you support and WHY you support them. Anything goes, rants, slime, promote and preach. Candidates and proposals are both fair game....

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Late night open thread

Johnny's got ya covered this upcoming week but then he's gonna put his feet up for a week. Gotta take a vacation once in a while or screaming at interns with John the Revelator becomes drudgery. Ypsi City Desk regulars will recall hearing about last year's lazy week in Folly Beach, SC. This year Johnny's going somewhere a tad bigger. Details to follow.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Sunday open thread

Snow tonight? Flurries tomorrow? It's not November 26th, it's October 26th. Ah well, you can talk weather or football or Halloween or whatever ya wanna today...

Late night open thread

Ahhh, Johnny is just rolling in from a fine outdoor bonfire party tonight. Something special about an upper midwest bonfire on a crisp autumnal evening. All is right with the world.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Eastern Michigan Football GAMEDAY!!

Party pooper edition. Or, if you prefer 'turd in the punchbowl' edition, 'wet blanket' edition perhaps, all mean just one thing; Eastern has a chance to RUIN Ball State's perfect season and Top 20 ranking. Yes, it's a longshot, and Eastern doesn't have much of a history of pulling upsets BUT it's the fact they have a chance on Ball State's home field to gank up their season that makes us happy.

On paper Ball State should win. They average over 460 yards of offense a game (260 through the air and 200 rushing) they're balanced, they have a top flight triggerman in Junior Nate Davis. They have a running back in MiQuale Lewis who will most likely go over 1,000 yards on the season and he also has 13 rushing touchdowns. Lewis has scored a touchdown in every game this season but one.

There's no way Eastern's swiss cheese defense can stop this attack, right? That's why they play the game.

Eastern DID show some moxy in going down to Woodsy Owl country and upsetting Bowling Green at BG earlier this year. Despite a pathetic defensive effort against Akron they were in a position to win at the end but for a bad hop of a blocked field goal. Plus there is the fact that Eastern WILL be up for this game. They realize the chance to really make something out of an otherwise disappointing season. Beating a top 20 team could help the bumps and bruises heal after this season is gone. You always hear the weaker team after some level of upset say 'Nobody believed we could do it but US'. We hope Eastern still believes in themselves.

Noon kickoff from Muncie Indiana.

Look, everything says a Ball State rout and that may well end up being the case but picking a 40-14 would be easy. We hate easy.

Our call (Upset Special--Screw Ball State's ESPN love-fest)
Eastern Michigan 27
Ball State 24

Late night open thread

Tomorrow might just be a razor's edge game for Michigan. Win and Rich Rod buys time and goodwill as Michigan once again, even in a down year, beats MSU. Lose it, and suddenly MSU begins to look more and more appealing to recruits as Sparty builds a top notch Big Ten program. There is no debating Michigan State is on the right track for once, and even in a non-bowl year, Michigan needs a win tomorrow. More than pride is on the line tomorrow, the futures of these programs intersect.

No pressure or anything....

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Friday, October 24, 2008


After John the Revelator's brilliant piece on Son House this week, Johnny wants this Friday to be Blues Friday! Let's kick it off with a man with a voice you cannot mistake, Howlin' Wolf. Wolf was one of the Rolling Stones biggest idols, and they insisted on having him on stage with them one night on an old show. While the MC wanted to talk to the Stones Brian Jones told him "I think it's about time you stopped talking and we had Howlin' Wolf out on stage'.

It's nice to see the kids show respect for their idols....

Here's Howlin' Wolf with 'How Many More Years'.


That's right YCD blues fans, no blues Friday night would be complete without Muddy Waters. And when Johnny thinks Muddy Waters he thinks 'Mannish Boy'.


John Lee Hooker, Johnny's personal favorite bluesman. Made a very short appearance in the Blues Brothers he did. One of the Maxwell Street players.

Here's John Lee Hooker with his classic 'Boom Boom'

Saying hi to your musical idols can be fun!

Driving into Ann Arbor to work early this morning Johnny saw David Byrne's tour bus idling quietly on Washington where so many other touring coaches have parked before. So as he drove by at about 20 minutes of 7 Johnny tried playing his car horn to 'Burning Down the House'. No doubt Mr. Byrne was amused and probably recognized it.....

He's at the Michigan Theater tonight hep cats. Tickets still available...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Late night open thread

If it's Thursday in Cool City, it must be Sifl and Olly night...

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Finding Son House

Last weekend, my buddy Pat and I made one of our frequent treks to Detroit to seek out some or another landmark to the Motor City’s musical heritage. From jazz to blues to soul to rock ‘n’ roll, there’s such a rich and diverse history there that we never seem to run out of cool things to find.

But Sunday’s trip was extra special for me, because even though I’ve enjoyed listening to blues pioneer Son House for many years, it wasn’t until last week that I discovered he had lived his last 15 or so years in Detroit. A little Interwebs research revealed that he was buried on the city’s northwest side in the Mt. Hazel cemetery.

And so off we went early Sunday morning to pay tribute to the man who, among many other things during an 86-year-long lifetime, taught Robert Johnson how to play guitar and inspired the White Stripes to cover his seminal blues, “Death Letter.”

Mt. Hazel is definitely a funky old cemetery with plots dating back to the mid-19th century. It didn’t take us long to find Son House’s grave, as, some years after his passing, the Detroit Blues Society erected a granite headstone to mark his final resting place.

But it was a little eerie when we walked closer to the gravestone and discovered that we just happened to be visiting on the 20-year anniversary of the great singer’s death. Obviously, others had realized this before us, as there were some flowers on the grave and a couple stacks of quarters – presumably as tribute to his many years playing for tips on Mississippi street corners – aligned along the gravestone.

We spent a few moments quietly taking in the scene and snapping a few pictures. I left a guitar pick I happened to have in my pocket … and then we were on our way back to Ypsilanti.

But it got me thinking.

According to my friend Jeff Meier, Eddie James “Son” House Jr., plagued by Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, spent his final years as a janitor at Wayne State University. This after touring the world as part of the so-called “folk revival” of the early 1960s that rediscovered him and his music after he had stopped playing for some 20-odd years.

I can’t stop thinking about our time there and how Son House is just one of countless others around Detroit, who made a life out of playing soulful, meaningful, important music, only to be all-but forgotten, even as others gain fame and fortune building on the foundation they built. It’s nice to know that there are some folks out there who care enough to stop by with some flowers or to leave some spare change in tribute to someone who gave a hell of a lot more to the world in his lifetime than he ever got back from it.

Light coverage again today, thanks to intern Zoltron

He HAD to fiddle with things, broke the waterline to our new hot tub, flooded the palacial offices, and now we have to wait for Coach's Carpet Care and Catastrophe Cleaning to show up.

Interns, they're just so silly....

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Late night open thread

Odds and Ends night

A group of owls is called a parliament
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit
A peanut is neither a pea nor a nut
A ten gallon hat holds three quarters of a gallon
Ireland is the only place where windmills turn clockwise

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

YCD offices being renovated today, expect light reporting

As we here all decide where we want the new office hot tub....

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Late night open thread

A bedtime date with Vince Clortho...

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

We'd like to COMMEND the officer who broke off a high speed pursuit this afternoon

A Michigan State Police trooper was chasing a suspect this afternoon on M-14 at speeds that approached 100 mph. The chase wound up in the Plymouth Road area when the trooper felt it was just too dangerous to keep after the suspect vehicle.

Well done.

It can't be easy for the trooper to make this decision. They WANT to catch the bad guy and somebody running from the cops at 100 mph is a bad guy. They want him off the street and so do we citizens. We also respect very much an officer with the judgement to call it all off on OUR behalf.

Ann Arbor and State Police are continuing to search around Pontiac Trail and Barton Drive.

Who is YOUR choice for President?

If you're for Obama, say so, if you prefer McCain, tell us. If you want Ralph Nader or Bob Barr speak up. If you want Hillary, speechify. Whomever you'd like to see as President, tell us in comments. We don't do national too often here so here's your chance. Of anybody available to be President, who is YOUR choice?

Fire at the U-M's Mary Markley Residence Hall displaces about 100 students

The Ann Arbor News has more but a fire on the sixth floor, room 6215 to be specific, caused enough water and smoke and fire damage that about 100 students have been told they cannot return to their rooms at this time.

Get those plants inside, growing season ends tonight

Weatherman's calling for temps to drop all the way down to 27ยบ tonight. That'll put a quick end to anything you have outside. Bring in any plants you still want around by the weekend.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Late night open thread

"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."
--Oscar Wilde

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Ya know, it's almost Halloween...

How about a ghost story?

Emily's Bridge, Stowe Vermont (Yeah, Johnny's been to Emily's Bridge)

"...The most popular story of Emily's death starts with her angry parents forbidding her to marry the man of her dreams. In a fit of rage and sadness, she ran away with her lover with plans to elope. That night they were to meet at the Gold Brook Bridge and begin the first night of their lives together. Emily arrived at the bridge early, but her soul mate would not arrive. As the hour of their meeting came and left, Emily gave up hope and at the peak of her sadness, anger and depression, she took her life. Emily hung herself from a beam within the bridge in the dead of night.

Since this terrible day, the bridge has been haunted with what is rumored to be the anger ghost of Emily. Some events at the bridge that have been connected with her include the scratching of passing horse drawn carriages, and later cars, with invisible claws in day or night. Also, a woman's voice is heard in the bridge, along with ghostly figures and strange lights..."

A huge moment at YCD, John the Revelator joins the staff!!

That's right hep cats, Johnny has added a voice to the Ypsi City Desk, John the Revelator. He's gonna help make this here site even better. Treat him as you would Johnny....

Poor interns Zoltron and Kiki, playing second fiddle again....

Welcome John the Revelator!

Hey kids, don't forget to make a pledge to WEMU, a local JEWEL of a station

Johnny was up early this morning listening to our mayor, Paul Schreiber and Ann Arbor DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay helping out with WEMU's pledge drive and was HAPPY to make a pledge himself. WEMU is quite frankly THE BEST radio station around. News, local news, hep music you won't hear anywhere else, and EMU sports. It really is OUR responsibility to make sure OUR station gets the financial love it deserves.

This station NEVER disappoints like many things in life can do.

Pledge whatever you can. You're not a better or worse citizen if you give 5 or 50 clams. Just help 'em out, they really deserve our cash love.


And thanks Mayor Schreiber and Susan Pollay for your time!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Late night open thread

If today is your birthday you share it with Chuck Berry, Martina Navratilova, Mike Ditka and master thespian Jean Claude Van Damme.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Hey, let's start out Sunday with some groovy tunes

The Ypsitucky Colonels have some new stuff up on their site and if just click HERE you'll get the autoplay (meaning just click and sit back and listen) of the Colonels performing 'Heart of the Matter'.

Like fruits and vegetables, local music is always better. This neither implies the the Colonels are fruits or vegetables. After 'Heart of the Matter', turn up the speakers and blast 'Marie Marie'....

If you have a local band and want some YCD love, leave us a note here. Tell us in comments where you're playing and where we can find you online!

Late night open thread

It's hockey night in Ypsilanti, hell it's hockey night everywhere, so hockey it is in tonight's cavalcade o' hockey fun...

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Eastern Michigan Football GAMEDAY

It's Band Day at Rynearson Stadium today. 10 local bands will take part in a special pre-game and halftime show. So you get that entertainment PLUS you get to watch Eastern Michigan take on the Zips of Akron. Akron comes into the game at 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the MAC East. EMU is 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the MAC West.

Akron has a very adept offensive squad which will certainly challenge Eastern's less than stellar defense. Chris Jacquemain runs the show for Akron BUT he'll throw interceptions, oh will he throw interceptions. If Eastern can contain the Akron ground game, maybe get a lead and force Jacquemain to throw, the EMU side will have a much better chance. Eastern's offense had been clicking until last week's effort against Army. Akron will give up points so if EMU can establish a solid running game and work the passing game off of that, again, they'd have an advantage.

The season is growing late and the expected improvement in Jeff Genyk's team has yet to appear. A win against Army sure would have helped. After today EMU has but four games left to really show the program is on the right track. Trouble is 3 of the last 4 games are against teams vying for a MAC West title, and one, Ball State who is ranked in the top 25. Today could (and we think should) be played as Genyk's last stand.

We hope Eastern Michigan is ready to go to the wall to beat Akron. For today we'll trust they are.

Our call:
Eastern Michigan 23
Akron 21

Friday, October 17, 2008

Late night open thread

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark


Sadly, The Four Tops front man Levi Stubbs passed today. His powerful, strong and heartfelt voice was always a draw to their brilliant music. He made every song he sang better. He brought something to songs that not every singer can. A sense of urgency, a sense of 'you'd better be listening as THIS is important', as sense of ownership of the song. So many songs by the Four Tops are such staples of American music.

Here are The Four Tops with 'Reach Out, I'll be There'. Godspeed Levi, you leave here having made people happy.


The man from Macon Georgia, luckily still with us. Colonel Will said he reviewed a show by Little Richard earlier this year and but for the longer time it take him to get to the piano stool, he still rips it up. This is energy. This is hot. This is rock and roll.

Little Richard with 'Lucille' from 1956


Johnny remembers listening to The Cars back in high school at good old Brandon High, in 'The Hawks Nest', the school store to get his Starburst candy before class. That first album was a monster of it's day. Johnny just did some checking and it's really been 8 years now since the lead singer on this track, Benjamin Orr, passed away. After hearing that the lead man of The Four Tops, Mr. Levi Stubbs passed away today, Johnny was feeling sadly nostalgic.

Here at The Cars from 1978 with 'Bye Bye Love'.